Great start to the day with the sun rising over the rim of Crater Lake. There were some clouds in the sky which made for some beautiful colors….just like in the post cards. Actually surprised there were not more tourists up on the rim for the morning light, it was pretty incredible, and we pretty much had it all to ourselves.
The trail followed the crater rim for several miles, and then headed out toward the park’s northern border. Had views of some treeless areas, almost like mini plains in between the mountain forests.
Our friends and neighbors in NH, Forever and Ever, were walking southbound on the trail and came by right when I was stopped for lunch. Great to see them all these miles from home, as they do several hundred miles on the PCT to complete their hike of the trail.
Walked through some long patches of snow. Very surprised to see it still around…with the warm temps, much of it should be melting.
Camped tonight with about 9 others. We are all in our shelters early tonight….and right now as I write, it has just begun hailing grape size hail, littering the ground white. It has been thundering for a couple hours and the wind has picked up. The hail is really loud against my tarp and bouncing off the ground into my hammock…pretty wild. This will be a good test of the Cuben Fiber tarp…it has taken hail before, but not of this size.
Our 99th day on the trail, and first real rain.
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 1,859.8